Electrical Engineer Empowers Others

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Vincent Chiew, P.Eng., and daughters are shown during a May vacation in Malaysia.

Public Relations Coordinator

Vincent Chiew, P.Eng., has been a member of APEGGA for 12 years. He received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, computer science, and a master’s degree in software engineering, both from the University of Calgary. He is currently working part-time on his PhD in cognitive informatics, also at the University of Calgary.

Vincent currently works with the City of Calgary Wastewater Strategic Services Division, performing strategic planning for information technology and real-time control systems. His past work experiences have covered a variety of industries, including seismic processing, control systems, health, restaurant, travel and military.

As a volunteer with the Outreach program, Vincent particularly enjoys the rocks and minerals presentation because he feels students can relate it to their daily lives and surrounding environment. In addition to classroom presentations, he also volunteered at careers fairs and has judged Lego-building and robotic competitions. Vincent is also a member of the APEGGA Communications Planning Committee.

What value do you get from being an APEGGA volunteer?
The biggest satisfaction for me is knowing I am giving back to society by empowering people with knowledge of applied science.

What are your other hobbies and interests?
My wife and I have always enjoyed dancing, including ballroom, Latin, and country-western. Between work and school I try to find time to bond with my two young daughters.

Have you received an award or special recognition that is important to you?
In my first dance competition, my wife and I won medals and special recognition for our Latin, ballroom, and country-western solo performances. It is a pleasant surprise to discover that I can do something besides engineering.

Is there a person who has been helpful in your development as a professional?
As a friend and protégé, I have admired Aubrey Kerr, P.Geol., and his level of professionalism for almost 25 years. He is an accomplished geologist and now a successful writer. I still have a long way to go to reach his level of achievement.

What made you decide to become an engineer?
I have always enjoyed applied science. One inspiration for me to become an electrical engineer is the ability to do one-stop shopping for all my electrical, electronic and computer toys at RadioShack.

What do you think the next hot trend will be in engineering?
One of the many exciting emerging scientific fields is cognitive informatics, because the mind is a frontier with infinite interesting possibilities.

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